While the All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend doesn't count toward the Magic Mile Power Rankings, it was certainly a spotlight moment for Jamie McMurray. The veteran driver has now added another impressive win to his repertoire, joining the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400. A win this weekend in the Coca-Cola 600 would certainly put a stamp on an impressive career that would only be missing a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.

Here's a look at the MMPR heading into Race 12 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night:

1. Jeff Gordon - Other than a 39th-place finish at the ultimate wild card track that is Talladega Superspeedway, the 24 has been a competitive car in every week of this season, which will reach the one-third completion mark after this weekend. The series points leader followed that sub-par finish at 'Dega with his first win of the season at Kansas Speedway, and with five career wins at Charlotte, a second consecutive victory is hardly a longshot.
Previous ranking: First, --

2. Matt Kenseth - Tied for the season lead with eight top-10s, Kenseth is only missing a win to make this season one of his most consistent to date. The second-year Joe Gibbs Racing pilot has led at least one lap in all but three races this season. A strong finish is no guarantee this weekend, however. Although Kenseth has two wins and 15 top-10s in 29 career starts at CMS, he hasn't finished better than 10th in his last five starts in the 600.
Previous ranking: Second, --

3. Joey Logano - It seems to be hit or miss lately for Sliced Bread, who sandwiched his two wins with a 35th and followed his second win in three weeks with a 32nd at Talladega. A fourth at Kansas (his second straight fourth-place finish after eight consecutive finishes outside the top 10) seems to have the Penske Racing sophomore back on track. And while winless in 10 tries at Charlotte, Logano does have six top-10s, including three top-fives.
Previous ranking: Fourth, +1

4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Not many have been better than Junior in the last month. Talladega was a rough day for lots of drivers in the MMPR's upper echelon, including Earnhardt (26th). Solid runs at Darlington (second), Richmond (seventh) and Kansas (fifth) has Junior looking to chase down the points leaders, and with Superman on the 88 this weekend, a first-career victory at Charlotte is hardly going to be like leaping a skyscraper in a single bound.
Previous ranking: Fifth, +1

5. Kevin Harvick - No doubt being the first driver to two wins was huge for the first-year Stewart-Haas pilot, but consistency was a reason for concern through the first two months of the season. That's no longer the case as the No. 4 has three top-10s and an 11th-place finish in his last four starts. Historically, Charlotte has been a bit of a hiccup for Happy, but since 2010 he's racked up six top-10s, including two wins in eight starts.
Previous ranking: Eighth, +3

6. Kyle Busch - Rowdy's been very solid over the last month. But a very respectable 12th at Talladega and a 15th at Kansas, a track he has just two top-10s in 14-career starts, Busch is primed to pick up his first-ever win this weekend a Charlotte, one of only six tracks that he's failed to notch a victory in the Cup Series.
Previous ranking: Third, -3

7. Kasey Kahne - It's about time. Kahne's first venture into the MMPR couldn't come at a better time as he prepares to visit Concord, N.H., on May 28. But outside of that, Kahne has started to put things together as he speeds into his best track this weekend. Kahne has four wins, including the 2006, 2008 and 2012 Coca-Cola 600s, making him the odds-on favorite on Sunday night.
Previous ranking: NR

8. Kyle Larson - The rookie is doing a solid job being competitive week in and week out. He's been consistent, too, finishing no better than eighth and no worse than 16th in his last four starts. Larson has one start at CMS, finishing 37th last October, but that was in a 500-lap race in a part-time capacity. Things are different this year, and NASCAR's longest race of the season on Sunday night could be just the breakout opportunity the 42 is looking for.
Previous ranking: Sixth, -2

9. Carl Edwards - Another of the big names that fell victim at Talladega, Edwards has a pair of top-10s sandwiching a 30th at the Alabama superspeedway. Next up is CMS, a track that has never seen the 99 pilot in victory lane in spite of 11 top-10s in 18 career starts.
Previous ranking: Seventh, -2

10. Denny Hamlin - It's hard to ignore that win at Talladega, but it's going to take a very productive day at Charlotte on Sunday night to keep the two-time New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner in the MMPR for two straight weeks.
Previous ranking: NR

Wave Around: Danica Patrick - It was a career-best seventh-place finish for Patrick, but it was how she did it that earns her a spot here. She passed cars and worked her way to the front at Kansas, even when things went awry on pit road. A statement was made, now what will she do to follow it up?

Previous MMPR No. 1s
Week 1 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Week 2 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Week 3 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Week 4 - Brad Keselowski
Week 5 - Carl Edwards
Week 6 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Week 7 - Jeff Gordon
Week 8 - Jeff Gordon
Week 9 - Jeff Gordon
Week 11 - Jeff Gordon

*This list is comprised of drivers that compete in the Sprint Cup Series on full-time basis.

By GAVIN FARETRA

NHMS staff

 

'Magic Mile' Power Rankings: Charlotte

 

While the All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend doesn't count toward the Magic Mile Power Rankings, it was certainly a spotlight moment for Jamie McMurray. The veteran driver has now added another impressive win to his repertoire, joining the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400. A win this weekend in the Coca-Cola 600 would certainly put a stamp on an impressive career that would only be missing a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.

 

Here's a look at the MMPR heading into Race 12 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night:

 

1. Jeff Gordon - Other than a 39th-place finish at the ultimate wild card track that is Talladega Superspeedway, the 24 has been a competitive car in every week of this season, which will reach the one-third completion mark after this weekend. The series points leader followed that sub-par finish at 'Dega with his first win of the season at Kansas Speedway, and with five career wins at Charlotte, a second consecutive victory is hardly a longshot.

Previous ranking: First, --

 

2. Matt Kenseth - Tied for the season lead with eight top-10s, Kenseth is only missing a win to make this season one of his most consistent to date. The second-year Joe Gibbs Racing pilot has led at least one lap in all but three races this season. A strong finish is no guarantee this weekend, however. Although Kenseth has two wins and 15 top-10s in 29 career starts at CMS, he hasn't finished better than 10th in his last five starts in the 600.

Previous ranking: Second, --

 

3. Joey Logano - It seems to be hit or miss lately for Sliced Bread, who sandwiched his two wins with a 35th and followed his second win in three weeks with a 32nd at Talladega. A fourth at Kansas (his second straight fourth-place finish after eight consecutive finishes outside the top 10) seems to have the Penske Racing sophomore back on track. And while winless in 10 tries at Charlotte, Logano does have six top-10s, including three top-fives.

Previous ranking: Fourth, +1

 

4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Not many have been better than Junior in the last month. Talladega was a rough day for lots of drivers in the MMPR's upper echelon, including Earnhardt (26th). Solid runs at Darlington (second), Richmond (seventh) and Kansas (fifth) has Junior looking to chase down the points leaders, and with Superman on the 88 this weekend, a first-career victory at Charlotte is hardly going to be like leaping a skyscraper in a single bound.

Previous ranking: Fifth, +1

 

5. Kevin Harvick - No doubt being the first driver to two wins was huge for the first-year Stewart-Haas pilot, but consistency was a reason for concern through the first two months of the season. That's no longer the case as the No. 4 has three top-10s and an 11th-place finish in his last four starts. Historically, Charlotte has been a bit of a hiccup for Happy, but since 2010 he's racked up six top-10s, including two wins in eight starts.

Previous ranking: Eighth, +3

 

6. Kyle Busch - Rowdy's been very solid over the last month. But a very respectable 12th at Talladega and a 15th at Kansas, a track he has just two top-10s in 14-career starts, Busch is primed to pick up his first-ever win this weekend a Charlotte, one of only six tracks that he's failed to notch a victory in the Cup Series.

Previous ranking: Third, -3

 

7. Kasey Kahne- It's about time. Kahne's first venture into the MMPR couldn't come at a better time as he prepares to visit Concord, N.H., on May 28. But outside of that, Kahne has started to put things together as he speeds into his best track this weekend. Kahne has four wins, including the 2006, 2008 and 2012 Coca-Cola 600s, making him the odds-on favorite on Sunday night.

Previous ranking: NR

 

8. Kyle Larson - The rookie is doing a solid job being competitive week in and week out. He's been consistent, too, finishing no better than eighth and no worse than 16th in his last four starts. Larson has one start at CMS, finishing 37th last October, but that was in a 500-lap race in a part-time capacity. Things are different this year, and NASCAR's longest race of the season on Sunday night could be just the breakout opportunity the 42 is looking for.

Previous ranking: Sixth, -2

 

9. Carl Edwards - Another of the big names that fell victim at Talladega, Edwards has a pair of top-10s sandwiching a 30th at the Alabama superspeedway. Next up is CMS, a track that has never seen the 99 pilot in victory lane in spite of 11 top-10s in 18 career starts.

Previous ranking: Seventh, -2

 

10. Denny Hamlin - It's hard to ignore that win at Talladega, but it's going to take a very productive day at Charlotte on Sunday night to keep the two-time New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner in the MMPR for two straight weeks.

Previous ranking: NR

 

Wave Around: Danica Patrick - It was a career-best seventh-place finish for Patrick, but it was how she did it that earns her a spot here. She passed cars and worked her way to the front at Kansas, even when things went awry on pit road. A statement was made, now what will she do to follow it up?

 

Previous MMPR No. 1s

Week 1 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Week 2 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Week 3 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Week 4 - Brad Keselowski

Week 5 - Carl Edwards

Week 6 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Week 7 - Jeff Gordon

Week 8 - Jeff Gordon

Week 9 - Jeff Gordon

Week 11 - Jeff Gordon

 

 

*This list is comprised of drivers that compete in the Sprint Cup Series on full-time basis.

By GAVIN FARETRA

NHMS staff

 

'Magic Mile' Power Rankings: Charlotte

 

While the All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend doesn't count toward the Magic Mile Power Rankings, it was certainly a spotlight moment for Jamie McMurray. The veteran driver has now added another impressive win to his repertoire, joining the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400. A win this weekend in the Coca-Cola 600 would certainly put a stamp on an impressive career that would only be missing a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.

 

Here's a look at the MMPR heading into Race 12 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night:

 

1. Jeff Gordon - Other than a 39th-place finish at the ultimate wild card track that is Talladega Superspeedway, the 24 has been a competitive car in every week of this season, which will reach the one-third completion mark after this weekend. The series points leader followed that sub-par finish at 'Dega with his first win of the season at Kansas Speedway, and with five career wins at Charlotte, a second consecutive victory is hardly a longshot.

Previous ranking: First, --

 

2. Matt Kenseth - Tied for the season lead with eight top-10s, Kenseth is only missing a win to make this season one of his most consistent to date. The second-year Joe Gibbs Racing pilot has led at least one lap in all but three races this season. A strong finish is no guarantee this weekend, however. Although Kenseth has two wins and 15 top-10s in 29 career starts at CMS, he hasn't finished better than 10th in his last five starts in the 600.

Previous ranking: Second, --

 

3. Joey Logano - It seems to be hit or miss lately for Sliced Bread, who sandwiched his two wins with a 35th and followed his second win in three weeks with a 32nd at Talladega. A fourth at Kansas (his second straight fourth-place finish after eight consecutive finishes outside the top 10) seems to have the Penske Racing sophomore back on track. And while winless in 10 tries at Charlotte, Logano does have six top-10s, including three top-fives.

Previous ranking: Fourth, +1

 

4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Not many have been better than Junior in the last month. Talladega was a rough day for lots of drivers in the MMPR's upper echelon, including Earnhardt (26th). Solid runs at Darlington (second), Richmond (seventh) and Kansas (fifth) has Junior looking to chase down the points leaders, and with Superman on the 88 this weekend, a first-career victory at Charlotte is hardly going to be like leaping a skyscraper in a single bound.

Previous ranking: Fifth, +1

 

5. Kevin Harvick - No doubt being the first driver to two wins was huge for the first-year Stewart-Haas pilot, but consistency was a reason for concern through the first two months of the season. That's no longer the case as the No. 4 has three top-10s and an 11th-place finish in his last four starts. Historically, Charlotte has been a bit of a hiccup for Happy, but since 2010 he's racked up six top-10s, including two wins in eight starts.

Previous ranking: Eighth, +3

 

6. Kyle Busch - Rowdy's been very solid over the last month. But a very respectable 12th at Talladega and a 15th at Kansas, a track he has just two top-10s in 14-career starts, Busch is primed to pick up his first-ever win this weekend a Charlotte, one of only six tracks that he's failed to notch a victory in the Cup Series.

Previous ranking: Third, -3

 

7. Kasey Kahne- It's about time. Kahne's first venture into the MMPR couldn't come at a better time as he prepares to visit Concord, N.H., on May 28. But outside of that, Kahne has started to put things together as he speeds into his best track this weekend. Kahne has four wins, including the 2006, 2008 and 2012 Coca-Cola 600s, making him the odds-on favorite on Sunday night.

Previous ranking: NR

 

8. Kyle Larson - The rookie is doing a solid job being competitive week in and week out. He's been consistent, too, finishing no better than eighth and no worse than 16th in his last four starts. Larson has one start at CMS, finishing 37th last October, but that was in a 500-lap race in a part-time capacity. Things are different this year, and NASCAR's longest race of the season on Sunday night could be just the breakout opportunity the 42 is looking for.

Previous ranking: Sixth, -2

 

9. Carl Edwards - Another of the big names that fell victim at Talladega, Edwards has a pair of top-10s sandwiching a 30th at the Alabama superspeedway. Next up is CMS, a track that has never seen the 99 pilot in victory lane in spite of 11 top-10s in 18 career starts.

Previous ranking: Seventh, -2

 

10. Denny Hamlin - It's hard to ignore that win at Talladega, but it's going to take a very productive day at Charlotte on Sunday night to keep the two-time New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner in the MMPR for two straight weeks.

Previous ranking: NR

 

Wave Around: Danica Patrick - It was a career-best seventh-place finish for Patrick, but it was how she did it that earns her a spot here. She passed cars and worked her way to the front at Kansas, even when things went awry on pit road. A statement was made, now what will she do to follow it up?

 

Previous MMPR No. 1s

Week 1 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Week 2 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Week 3 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Week 4 - Brad Keselowski

Week 5 - Carl Edwards

Week 6 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Week 7 - Jeff Gordon

Week 8 - Jeff Gordon

Week 9 - Jeff Gordon

Week 11 - Jeff Gordon

 

 

*This list is comprised of drivers that compete in the Sprint Cup Series on full-time basis.